Welcome to North America, Woodpecker Flooring!

Planeta Works is so excited to share an amazing new wood flooring product that is newly available to the North American Market.
Based out of the UK, Woodpecker Flooring has been around for decades and, like many European companies, is steeped in family tradition.   They offer some of the most gorgeous flooring from hardwoods, pre-finished floors, bamboo and laminate.

Completely dedicated to sustainability, all of their wood has either Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forests (PEFC) certifications. These are two of the world’s most established and respected organizations for forest management, enforcing a similar set of values. Their goal is to ensure that forests can meet the needs of the present generation without compromising those of the future. Any flooring you purchase from them is ethically sourced.

We are especially fortunate that their new, and only showroom, in North America is located here in the Seattle area.  The showroom is open to the public, so pop on down to take a look. If you see something while browsing their website, let us know and we can also get you some samples.
Planeta Works is also proud to be able to offer wholesale pricing of this beautiful product.
Here are some their flooring options we are drooling over. That chevron has me like ….

Seattle showroom is located at:

Custom Stairs

Some of Artur’s favorite jobs are the ones that require the most detailed and custom work. His love for this type of work shows!

Check out the stairs that he recently rebuilt and finished for some clients in the Bryant neighborhood of Seattle.  The original stairs were made from plywood.  He took out everything and rebuilt them with red oak wood.

 

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Stunning no?  He’s my husband and I’ve seen tons of his work both for our home and his clients, but I continue to be in complete awe of his craftsmanship and the artist that he his.  If only we could duplicate him!!

Young House Love Hardwoods

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One of my favorite home improvement and design blogs, Young House Love, just wrote an awesome post about adding hardwood floors to their home to match the existing hardwoods and then staining and refinishing approximately all 1300 sq/ft of them.

It’s an excellent post about the process of having your floors refinished.  Our process is very similar to that of the company that did theirs.  They talk about the time it took, to the cost and some of the headaches of having to move out for a few days.  They also talk about how it was so worth it!  

Check it out!

 

Planeta Works is Expanding!

Planeta Works is now licensed as a general contractor.  In addition to making your hardwoods gorgeous, we can also now help with your remodeling projects.

For those of you who know Artur and his work, you know that his abilities and skill set reach beyond hardwood floors.  His European training shines through in his craftsmanship, attention to detail, work ethic, honesty and commitment to clients.  He is the ultimate problem solver and thoughtfully devotes himself fully to each project.

Call us for a free estimate!

The photo below is of a kitchen remodel Artur did.  You can see all before and after photos here.

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Kitchen Remodel

Read below for some recent client feedback on Artur, his skills and his quality of work.

“Artur did great work for us and even went the extra mile in correcting the stair forms that were built incorrectly by our GC. There were some challenging installation components w/ our particular job and he never once seemed upset or frustrated by it. He just went about the business of solving the problems and getting us the best result possible.”                         – Aaron ~ Crown Hill, Seattle

“We are so pleased with the floors. They are just beautiful. We are also so thrilled that we chose Artur to do this work. We’ve had huge problems with our general contractor and it was such a blessing and relief for us to work with Artur. I know it sounds kinda funny to be so impressed with someone because they followed thru with exactly what they said they’d do in the timeline they promised but we haven’t had much of that over the last year. He is an honest and respectful hard worker. Just all around awesome, but you know that. ;)”                                                 – Sarah ~ Crown Hill, Seattle

Timeless Hardwoods

Hardwoods are a large (but worthy) investment in your home.  You want them to stand the test of time.

Here are two links to some fantastic advice to read if you are in the process of choosing what style and color of hardwoods you want to install in your house.

http://www.mariakillam.com/the-new-timeless-hardwood-floor/http://www.mariakillam.com/docs/TimelessHardwoodFloorMay.pdf

 

 

Stairs

Stairs are tricky.  The installation and refinishing of stairs merits its own chapter in the book of hardwood flooring work.  To do them well, they require a lot more labor, time, precision and craftsmanship than most general floor refinishing.  For these reasons, stair work tends to be more costly and not every hardwood flooring company does them.

Planeta Works does hardwood stair work and does it well.  Artur is an expert in refinishing stairs and in the more custom work of installing brand new stairs.

Here are some fun examples of some of the stair installation and finishing work Planeta Works has done.

Below are photos of some new custom fir treads Artur cut, installed and finished at a house in Ballard.  He also installed and finished the ledge you see just above the stairs.
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These stairs in a Bellevue home originally had carpet.  The owners of the house wanted the stairs to match the rest of the flooring in the house.  Artur cut, installed and finished new custom american cherry stair treads, risers and two landings.

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In this lovely, historic home in Ravenna, Artur refinished the original fir treads, risers and landing, getting rid of the old dark stain and modernizing the house to get it ready to sell.

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The new owners of this Kirkland condo wanted the carpet gone and had us install, stain and finish new oak treads and risers on their stairway.

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Carpeted Stairs

New installation of wide-board oak with a grayish stain.

New installation of wide-board oak with a grayish stain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some other terms you might hear surrounding stair work are, stair return and skirt board. These are finishing pieces and are most often needed when the stairs are not enclosed by a wall or to continue a baseboard feature down the stairway.  Planeta Works is experienced in installing and recommending these important finishing details.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have or to have us come give you a free estimate.

Adventures in Refinishing Hardwood Floors – We’ve Been There

This summer, Artur and I bought our first home.  We had been looking for over a year and dreaming for more than that.

We knew that any house we bought would need some remodeling. With our budget, Artur’s skills, and what we know about real estate, buying a fixer was the best investment for us.  Plus, we aren’t turn-key kind of people.  We wanted a fixer. In July, we got the keys to our dream fixer.

Refinishing the hardwood floors was at the top of our new-house projects’ list.  Most of the house already had a mix of red and white oak flooring.  It was in amazing shape considering it hadn’t been refinished in at least 15 years. The living room and the kitchen were the only rooms that didn’t have hardwoods.  The living room had some very, shall we say, “dated” green carpet and the kitchen had a mix of hardwood and linoleum.

Kitchen before:

 

Living room before:

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To bring in a more cohesive look to our home, we decided to pull up the carpet and linoleum, install a new mix of red and white oak to match the existing floors in the rest of the house, stain all areas a richer color and finish them with a Swedish Finish.

Here’s the living room mid-carpet removal. (You wouldn’t believe the amount of dirt we found under this carpet despite having been taken care of over the decades, further reinforcing our love of hardwoods.)

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Here’s the kitchen mid-linoleum removal. (Sorry for the blurry picture.)

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After the carpet and linoleum were gone Artur started installing the new wood we had ordered.

NOTE:  Before installing new wood flooring it is very important to store the flooring in your home or installation space for at least a week prior to installing. Wood is very sensitive to moisture and heat and needs to acclimate to the new climate, lowering the risk of warping or bucking after installation.

To begin the installation process, Artur first lays down a moisture barrier.  Then, before nailing down the boards, he sorts them out in a way that looks balanced and nice, both in color variation and board length.  See below.

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Here are photos of the kitchen and living room after the floors have been installed but before staining and finishing.

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The stain we choose was Provincial from Daly’s.  We love how the stain pulls out the character in the wood, ties in the red and white oak, as well as adding a richness to the floors without being too dark.

Here are the floors after being sanded, covered with a layer of filler (always necessary), sanded again, stained and finished with three coats of Swedish Finish.

Living Room – After

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Kitchen – After

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A side-by-side view of the before and after of the kitchen floors:

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A side-by-side of the before and after of the living room floors:

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We love how the floors turned out!  Although we have worked with many many clients as they navigate decisions about their hardwood floors in their own homes, we hadn’t ever gone through that process personally.  After this experience, we now feel that much more knowledgeable and prepared to help our clients as they make decisions regarding their hardwood floors.

Coming soon, more personal experiences from the Project Planeta Remodel and why you should always do your thorough research before hiring a contractor.